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READINGS

READINGS

red01With this richly told historical novel, English author Spurling (A Book of Liszts, 2011, etc.) takes readers back to the China of seven centuries ago…

April 18, 2014 · 0 comments · New Age Xtra
Roadblocks to rescue

Roadblocks to rescue

Fire fighters and citizens of Dhaka tell Sadiqur Rahman how rescue operations are likely to be affected due to unplanned urbanisation and traffic congestion in most parts of Dhaka Despite being ill-equipped with fire-fighting tools and with a low workforce to cover the rapidly increasing population in Bangladesh, the efforts of the fire department of the country in times of […]

April 11, 2014 · 0 comments · New Age Xtra
Without a trace…

Without a trace…

traceNearly two years have passed since Abrar, Labib and Saiara have been deprived of their father’s love. Mysterious disappearance of their father, M Ilias Ali, a central leader of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) of a fateful evening, changed their lives…

April 11, 2014 · 0 comments · New Age Xtra
Lives lost in vain

Lives lost in vain

Killings at the Bangladeshi borders with India have become easier than bird hunting, as the numbers keep growing. Now, even civilians join the atrocities that have been indiscriminately practiced by the Indian Border Security Force time and again for years…

April 11, 2014 · 0 comments · New Age Xtra
Served with poison

Served with poison

poisonAdulterated and substandard substance have flooded into food items so much that anyone can hardly imagine how vulnerable the state of public health has become across the country…

April 11, 2014 · 1 comment · New Age Xtra
Cashing in on the spirit

Cashing in on the spirit

Until very recently, concerned people were worried with a particular political party making the liberation war its own ‘property’, and tagging anything and everything going against the party as ‘anti-liberation’…

April 11, 2014 · 0 comments · National, New Age Xtra
Muslim Brotherhood sets up shop in London

Muslim Brotherhood sets up shop in London

The Muslim Brotherhood, the largest and oldest religious organisation in Egypt, has survived multiple periods of repression. But according to recent reports…

April 11, 2014 · 0 comments · New Age Xtra
READINGS

READINGS

Eighteen years after her fiance dumped her, a New York City police detective runs into him again online, with results that make her head spin and leave several people dead…

April 11, 2014 · 0 comments · New Age Xtra

Lurking in the darkness

On a winter evening last year, Sumon (31) and his colleague were standing at the Bishwa Road, waiting for a bus that will take them to Mirpur. A microbus stopped beside them and the driver peered out to ask where they will go. Sumon asked whether the vehicle will go to Mirpur and after being told that they were, the […]

February 21, 2014 · 0 comments · New Age Xtra

Ignored Bangla language

Even as the High Court issued a directive to the government this past week to introduce the Bengali Language Introduction Act 1987 that decrees the use of Bangla in all offices and courts, ironically many important government installations and public places carry the language in the most erroneous form. Errors are found in nameplates, founding stones, description in monuments, signboards, […]

February 21, 2014 · 0 comments · New Age Xtra

Parents and school authorities are to blame for this lack of knowledge

I am shocked. Why can these students not describe their history? Where have we gone wrong? I think that our families, society and educational institutes have failed to teach the youth properly. I know that topics related to the country’s glorious history including language movement and liberation war have been incorporated in the text books. So, are there problems with […]

February 21, 2014 · 0 comments · New Age Xtra

Page-turners at the boimela

Amar Mahabharat By Subrata Kumar Das Published by Murdhanya Price 180 BDT ISBN: 978 984 504 177 5 Thinking in-depth is much like meditation to the researcher and writer Subrata Kumar Das. The writer is curious about all the types of literature ranging from the history book to classical literatures, writings of local and foreign topics, from folklore to articles […]

February 21, 2014 · 0 comments · New Age Xtra

Lost in celebration

Abdur Rahman Faizur, student of Malibagh Jamiya Madrassah, Dhaka Many people had sacrificed their lives for our language. Due to their sacrifice we achieved our right. In our institution, weekly discussion meeting on literature takes place. We study Bangla literature and grammar at these meetings. Kazi MD Muntasir, student of class VIII, Birshreshtha Munshi Abdur Rouf Public College, Dhaka During […]

February 21, 2014 · 0 comments · New Age Xtra

Valentine’s Day consumerism

February marks one of the most commercialised events of the year: Valentine’s Day. Each year, both men and women flock to the shops in an attempt to buy the perfect gift for their loved ones. Retailers target this market in the run up to Valentine’s Day, filling their windows with romantic gifts, ensuring consumers cannot forget the importance of February […]

February 14, 2014 · 0 comments · New Age Xtra

Beckoning readers

I had heard about Baatighar from my colleague, who also hails from Chittagong, for quite some time. Each and every time he recalled my love for books, he mentioned the name of the store. I understood his exuberance when I visited the store in the port city during summer last year. As I walked through the door of the store, […]

February 14, 2014 · 0 comments · New Age Xtra

Fighting for education

On February 11, students of Dhaka University under the banner of Progotishil Student Forum called a strike in the arts and social sciences faculties to protest the decision on increased tuition fees for studies at the Television and Film Studies department of the university. The Dhaka University administration recently took the decision that a student has to pay Tk 137,000 […]

February 14, 2014 · 0 comments · New Age Xtra

The price of stratification

Briarose Marguerite Deirdre D’Silva spends three and half days with Bangladesh’s most excluded community – known as Dalits – to learn their pangs of living through the social discrimination Biappa Raol’s dream is quite simple, unlike him, his father, his grandfather and every other member of his family for centuries, his daughter would not be a sweeper. But not for […]

February 14, 2014 · 0 comments · New Age Xtra

Culture of impunity and its consequences

The 10th parliamentary elections are over. 153 candidates came out uncontested. Opposition boycotted the elections. Still near about 5 lakh law enforcers were deployed to ensure security. Vulnerable centers were wrapped up in tight security. But all these precautions could not avert destruction of 600 Hindu temples, 450 houses and 250 business centers. It’s not that this is the first […]

February 14, 2014 · 0 comments · New Age Xtra

Fascinating reads at the Boi Mela

Jatiyatabad Antarjatikatabad Bishwayan O Bhabisshat By Abul Kashem Fazlul Haque Published by Jagriti Books Price: 250 BDT ISBN: 978 984 90734 9 9 Abul Kashem Fazlul Haque, a retired professor of the University of Dhaka, reflects on the impacts of globalisation, sponsored by multinational agencies, on humanity. He thinks that growing advancement of modern technology that has been expanding worldwide […]

February 14, 2014 · 0 comments · New Age Xtra

‘Having numerous publications is of course good [for a writer], if they are unique in nature and quality’

Young writer Pias Majid talks to Mahfuzul Haque about the mindsets of most writers in Bangladesh and why this is compromising the quality of their output How many of your books have been published so far? Already six of my books are out in the market. I was editor for five to six books. During this boi mela, two books […]

February 14, 2014 · 0 comments · New Age Xtra

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